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Day 1: San Diego
Arrive in San Diego and proceed to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, discovering some of the sites for which this city is known, such as Balboa Park, the Gas Lamp District, and Seaport Village. If time permits visit the world famous San Diego Zoo or see Shamu at SeaWorld.
Day 2: San Diego – Temecula – Palm Springs (135 m / 217 km)
Today is full of discovery while strolling the city’s many pedestrian friendly areas. Take the ferry across the bay from Seaport Village to Coronado Island for a relaxing walk on the beach at sunset. San Diego is a paradise for outdoor activities.
Day 3: San Diego – Temecula – Palm Springs (135 m / 217 km)
Leave the Pacific behind as you cross the coastal mountains, travel through the Temecula wine region and enter the vast Colorado Desert of Eastern California. Anza Borrego Desert Park offers an unspoiled view of the eerie lunar landscape along the old Butterfield Stage route. Arrive in Palm Springs located in the heart of the Coachella Valley.
Day 4: Palm Springs – Phoenix / Scottsdale (268 m / 431 km)
Continue east through Palm Desert, Indian Wells and the vast Coachella Valley as you pass Joshua Tree National Park. Cross the Colorado River at Blythe and enter the “Grand Canyon State” of Arizona. Arrive late afternoon in Phoenix – the “Valley of the Sun.” Enjoy an evening at leisure in this Southwestern resort town.
Day 5: Phoenix / Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park (226 m / 364 km)
Depart north through the desert landscape of barren rock and Saguaro cactus into the Verde Valley. Take a side trip to visit Montezuma Castle, an imposing 5-storey ruin of a Native American cliff-dwelling built into a white limestone cliff. Then continue north to secluded Sedona. Ascend through Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff then continue to Grand Canyon National Park. Spend your afternoon strolling along the South Rim of this awe-inspiring spectacle of colorful ever-changing rock formations.
Day 6: Grand Canyon National Park – Page / Lake Powell (298 m / 485 km)
Take time this morning to discover the sunrise over the Grand Canyon's South Rim and then leave the canyon behind as you enter Navajo country and the Painted Desert. Arrive in Page, site of massive man-made Lake Powell. Learn about life in the early days of the canyon and the building of this remarkable engineering wonder at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.
Day 7: Page / Lake Powell – Monument Valley / Kayenta (100 m / 160 km)
Depart east and travel to Monument Valley, whose breathtaking views have provided the setting for many classic Western movies. Visit the fantastic rock formations: isolated monoliths of red sandstone, as high as 1,000 ft (305 m), rise above the valley floor. Return to Kayenta located in the heart of the Navajo Nation.
Day 8: Monument Valley / Kayenta – Moab (143 m / 229 km)
Arrive in picturesque Moab. Along the way, there are three possible detours to see some more spectacular scenery. The first leads to Natural Bridges National Monument, which preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the Southwest. The second stop would be at Canyonlands National Park, with its colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The third detour is the Needles Overlook, which offers an outstanding view of the Colorado River, the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, and the Indian Creek area. Arrive picturesque Moab.
Day 9: Moab – Capitol Reef National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park (266 m / 429 km)
Pass through scenic Utah’s Grand Staircase and stop in Capitol Reef National Park, characterized by sandstone formations, multicolored cliffs, narrow canyons, ridges, arches, spires, domes and a 100-mile long bulge in the earth's crust called the Waterpocket Fold. During the late afternoon arrive in Bryce Canyon National Park. There are easy walks offered along the rim or make an excursion down into the spires of enchanting Bryce Canyon.
Day 10: Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park (120 m / 195 km)
Head south towards Cedar Breaks to see the rock formations and vivid colors of this National Monument. Then continue on to Zion National Park, a monument of time carved by wind and water and well known for geological features with names like The Three Patriarchs, Bridge Mountain, White Throne and the Hidden Temple of Sinawava.
Day 11: Zion National Park – Las Vegas (159 m / 256 km)
Depart this morning for Las Vegas. On the way, take a short detour and visit Nevada’s oldest State Park, Valley of Fire. The rough floor and jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes that often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. From the fantastic works of nature to the man-made miracle in the desert – welcome to Las Vegas!
Day 12: Las Vegas
This is a day at leisure. Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps. The “Strip” will mesmerize you with its dazzling lights, casino action and opulent hotels with their lavish shows and headline performers. Try your hand with “Lady Luck”! Take the time to visit the well known resorts with their individual themes and a myriad of attractions, or just relax by the pool.
Day 13: Las Vegas – Calico – Los Angeles (277 m / 446 km)
Depart Las Vegas for the return to California. Pass Baker, a hot desert community known for its tall thermometer. Make a stop in Calico Ghost town, once a booming silver town where whiskey was cheaper than water. Stop in Barstow for lunch or shopping at the numerous outlet malls lining the freeway. Cross the San Gabriel mountain range past San Bernardino and into the expansive Los Angeles basin. Enjoy one last evening in Los Angeles before your departure the next day.
Day 14: Los Angeles – Disneyland – San Diego (128 m / 206 km)
Depart Los Angeles for the short drive to Anaheim, home to Mickey Mouse and the original Disneyland. You may explore this fantasyland of magic before continuing south to sunny San Diego for your departure.
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